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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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2,725 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,725
Hads: 7,542
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 19.39%
Wants: 404
Gots: 1,341 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Belgium | website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale | 8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

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Photo of kitch
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml bottle dated best before November 2015 and poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a slightly hazy golden straw yellow colour with maybe just under a two finger creamy white head that dissipated slowly leaving nice stringy lacing.

Aroma: Main aromas of citrus lemon and banana with slight funk followed by some lighter grassy and flowery smells.

Taste: Starts with bitter, tart and slightly sour citrus lemon, pear and apple followed by banana and honey sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with high carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Overall this was not a bad beer. But if I was to compare to others in this style, off the top of my head I do prefer both Delirium Tremens and La Chouffe before Duvel and unfortunately for Duvel, both of them are as widely available in Hong Kong.

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Photo of OntheLambic
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours beautifully golden and crystal clear with a foamy white head.

S - Lots of fruity esters and spicy phenols, apple, pear, white grape, grass, hint of bubble gum and clove.

T - Prickly on the tongue, with apple, pear, white grapes, cracker, grassy, earthy/floral hops. Finishes crisp and dry.

O - A great representation of the style, just a wonderful beer.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy yellow color with with a very thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing is excellent. There is quite a bit of carbonation. Has a Belgian yeast aroma. Some banana esters detected. Very smooth taste. Somewhat bready with a little spiciness and banana aftertaste. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Hides the 8.5% very well.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

-alot of white foam but it holds well and looks good
- smell is citrus and hop full, light yeast and some earthy tones
- taste is mellow hops some citrus and a good mellow yeast note
- tastes slightly watered down to me but was a great drink
- overall what a strong pale ale should taste like but would like more across the flavor board

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Photo of KatieS5643
3.62/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer is gold in color, and has lots of foam when poured. It has a light spring smell to it, with hints of lemon and grass scents. It has a spice and fruity taste, its a good combination.

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Photo of Zet
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Although this is not a very exclusive nor expensive beer in this part of the world, it still remains one of the best brews i've ever tasted. When poured in the appropriate Duvel glass, it is definitely the best looking one, with its pillar of bubbles in the center.

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Photo of bigdowg
3.64/5  rDev -15%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hmmm. Well start on smell. Can't say that it is prevalent, it is fresh though. The pour is for the patient artistic type. What a beautiful beast of a beer! I'm not that patient. I want to drink this!

Foam and all it is nice. This is a beer I had when starting my craft beer adventure and all this time later I cannot say it tastes different than I remember. Orange peel, obvious alcohol taste (well it is +8 per cent!)

Lovely beer but that good? I need convinced...

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Photo of do_ob
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle into a snifter. Pours a very clear yellow with a massive white head of foam. One of the most beautiful beers I've seen in a glass. Smells of flowers, wheat, grass, spice, and yeast. Light weight and very lively on the palate, I think partially due to the high carbonation. Lots of flowery notes up front with a slight tang. I get more flavor on the back end than initially - green apples, spice, and a slight malt nudge. The aftertaste left is one of sweet fruit and grass.

Overall, this beer lives up to its reputation, in my opinion. It's delicious and incredibly drinkable. I honestly can't see anything negative about this one.

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Photo of KF_MSU
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer has good foam and is cloudy/golden in color. It smells grassy, fresh, and somewhat lemony. I really enjoyed the taste of this beer! It was balanced with spice and fruitiness, but also smooth and dry overall.

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Photo of MakenziMantey
2.79/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

The color of this beer is a cloudy medium yellow. The aroma you get is a herb and spice smell and is kind of strong. Tasting this beer it is spicy and the finish of this beer is quite dry.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml stubby bottle into goblet. best before "12 2016". enjoyed on april 16, 2015

a: a cloudy (i poured all the yeast in) ultra-pale lemony yellow hue, topped with two fingers of fluffy, quickly-dissipating true white head. be careful with the pour! very effervescent -- loads of bubbles streaming upwards. just gorgeous

s: mainly slightly-funky sour apple and lemon. yeast scents are there, but subdued. mild overripe bananas, hints of spices. further smelling reveals peach and apricot. this is actually a wonderful aroma. not explosive, but it's very complex

t: follows the nose. sour and funky in the front, with apple and lemon flavours. mid-palate exhibits white pepper, faint light malt notes, and phenolic characteristics (banana, band-aid, spices). spicy, bitter, bready-malty finish

m: medium-ish body. carbonation is rough when the beer is cold, so let it warm up a bit. very dry finish

o: the phenolic notes are too strong. maybe this would be different without all the yeast poured in

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Photo of swarthybrews
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A hazy light golden yellow. The carbonation is crazy. The line between a gentle and a vigorous pour here is very fine. Nice fluffy white head that sticks around.

Smell: Initial aroma is that classic belgian yeast accompanied by some fruity notes, specifically sour apples and white grapes. Also getting a grassy/earthy aroma.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp, fully carbonated, and dry finish (not too dry, just right).

Taste: Follows nose with the belgian yeast bringing that sour apple and white grape taste up front, followed by a slight citrusy/hoppy flavor. For this being a belgian pale ale, the hops are a lot more balanced with the rest of the beer than I was expecting. You could probably tell me I was drinking a tripel and my inexperienced palate wouldn't have argued.

Overall: This is far from my go-to style but I was pleasantly surprised. The mouthfeel really stood out for me which is why I described it before the taste. I just wasn't expecting it to be so crisp and then so full of flavor. All in all, very pleased. I'm not ready to call myself a Duvel Worshipper but I could be easily converted .

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Photo of josanguapo
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Supercor Castilleja de la Cuesta. The best at supercor. Sometimes even its on sale. Ideal to

Oinión: De lo mejorcito del supercor. A veces incluso de oferta. Ideal to stand out when organizing evebts at home

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Photo of Wilshade
3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Duvel - Belgian Golden Ale
8.5% ABV
Glassware: Tulip (heavily recommended by brewery)

Appearance: Bright gold and transparent body with a thick, heavy uneven head. Gotta have a steady pour hand with this one as it will head-up very easily. Beautiful beer though.

Smell: citrus and herbal notes with a good amount of hoppiness.

Taste: Dry and crisp. Citrus is a bitter grapefruit flavor.

Mouth feel: Light and bright on tongue and palate.

Overall: While it is not a preferred beer for me, it is potent and does seem to like to be paired with lightly seasoned steaks and chicken; and, settled well into the background of the meal.

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Photo of majorbase2
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color with a good size foam white head that eventually recedes leaving a thin, uneven head. Some spotty lacing. Lots of visible carbonation.

Aroma is that classic Belgian smell. Belgian yeast and fruity esters. Lemon and grass, with some floral notes.

Taste is bitter, with a nice lemony tart sweetness up front. The fruitiness is there, just very subtle. Some very lightly toasted grains. Pear noted combined with carbonation give it a sparkling pear juice feel to it. Tartness really shines as it warms, letting the fruitiness come through.

Light bodied. Well carbonated. Fairly easy to drink for 8.5%.

Great beer. Was hoping for a little bit more due to its reputation. Wanted a bit more from the flavors. Still just about as refreshing of a 8.5 that you'll find. A well rounded beer that would fit almost any occasion.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by some ridiculous date in the future that this beer was never going to get to. Brandy snifter. Reviewed 11-27-14.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy gold with one finger of just barely off-white foamy head. Plenty of effervescence and outstanding lacing and retention.

Aroma: Estery fruity aroma on top, needs time to warm a bit. Grapes. Smells characteristically Belgian. After it warms, I am overwhelmed by the complexity of aromas (earthy, fruity, estery, phenolic), but frankly, it's a bit too much going on at once. Just not my thing.

Taste: Dry arrival. Fruity/tart/bitter/phenolic. Complex across mid-palate. Bitter (unlike a German hop bitterness; quite distinct hoppy bitterness that strikes me as a little unpleasant). Lingering bitter/yeasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-mid-weight. Slick.

Overall: 8% is totally hidden. I can see why they named this after the devil. Despite my appreciation for how representative it appears to be of the style, this is not my style. I like phenols in whisky, not so much in beer. (I took note to leave the sediment in the bottle - had a bad experience with that once before, learned by lesson).

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Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have had this in a 33 cl bottle, the 750 ml bottle and on tap. It’s better from a bottle than on tap.
A: Brilliant straw to gold, huge 3” off-white moussey head that grabs the side of the glass and leaves shelves of lace.
S: Faint Belgian spice, bubble gum, whisper of banana, orange, hint of peach, traces of over ripe fruit.
T: Light grains, malt, banana, bubble gum, light orange initially but grows in the aftertaste.
M: Smooth and creamy, very soft carbonation, surprisingly light for the size.
O: A classic. Good restaurants should have this beer and if they do, order it.

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Photo of Charmaine
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deceptively higher in alcohol is the trademark of the Belgian brews and this is no different. If you follow the instructions of the brewery its recommended to leave a cm of liquid in the settled bottle unless you like the taste of yeast. A meal in a glass! Classic.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden yellow, with a nice two-finger head of white fluffy bubbles, great retention and lacing. Aroma is overripe apples, lemon, and that great belgian yeasty funky smell. Taste is tart and lemony, with some nice funk up front, and I get some apple and pear on the back end. Mouthfeel is very crisp with a nice dry finish. Overall, this is just an outstanding beer.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a wine glass

LOOK: Pours a clear pale straw with a huge, fluffy white head that just doesn't disappear, and leaves lots of lacing along the way down. This beer is extremely carbonated and there is a cascade of bubbles streaming to the top. Except for the lingering pillowy head, this resembles champagne more than beer. Becomes very cloudy if and when you add the yeast sediment.

SMELL: Apples, pears, lemons, and that distinctive funky Belgian yeast. A hint of spiciness, too, although I'm not sure if that's from the yeast or the hops.

TASTE: Very crisp and fruity. Apples, pears, and lemons are all there. Very yeast-forward; sour and tangy, with a hint of coriander-like spiciness. A good balance of sweet and bitter, although the bitter comes more from the yeast than the hops. Becomes noticeably more sharp and tangy when the yeast sediment is added. There's also a leafy and herbal hop character that reminds me of a pilsner. Finishes crisp and very dry.

FEEL: Medium-bodied, almost light, despite the high abv. Very fizzy and champagne-like. Dry and tangy, but very drinkable.

OVERALL: This is a very well-made beer. Complex and enjoyable. I'm glad that it's one of the more widely available Belgian beers in the US. Forget Miller High Life, this is the champagne of beers!

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Photo of humuloner22
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I picked up mainly for the glass that the packaging came with but this is a very solid beer.

Appearance: Light straw yellow with some clean hazy notes. Very effervescent and lots of pillowy white head and some floating yeast within the glass.

Aroma: Esters and some tart notes kind of a blend of sour and tripel but different in that regard. Interesting beer.

Taste: Tart citrus notes some Belgian style esters and phenols in the notes finish is very clean and enjoyable overall.

Overall: Not a bad beer at all and one I would see out again. Cool that you get a glass for such a good deal and easily found in most stores that sell decent beer.

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Photo of MisterGone
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a 330 into a tulip, not a Duvel chalice. I'm OK with that. This was a bright gold with a giant white head that just lasted and lasted. Upon settling, there were nice lacings floating about. The aroma gave spice and a hint of the tart fruit that would come in the sip. The flavor was a neat and spicy up front (allowing the nose to influence). Across the palate there was a nuanced maltiness, so slight it wasn't biscuit but more sourdough bread - but this was a background note. There was an underlying tone of "European" less "Belgian." It finished with a lovely tartness that at first seemed like a mild citrus but upon reflection was more like a apple or pear. The lager people would say "crisp." Some reviews mentioned some alcohol in the finish, but I did not sense that s being of note (even though it is an 8.5). Pretty big bubbles in the carbonation, which gave a nice complement to the crispness. Awfully refreshing for an 8.5 brew.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

3/2 Bottle - Nice pour, dark orange in colour with minimal white head. Fruity malt smell was pleasant. Tasted somewhat strong, decent texture, felt good drinking it. Didn't feel as strong as the ABV. Overall good beer offering.

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Photo of ricardopritsch
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25


The Duvel has a bright yellow color with light and heavy cream.


The scent is sweet and spicy, it features yellow fruits, peach, mango and honey. Alcohol is also noticed in the nose.


The taste is sweet and fruity, with balanced alcohol content. Light beer with good carbonation and end with low bitterness and dry.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into tulip. Appearance is cloudy and light golden in color with a towering white head that slowly collapses. Lots of lacing all over the glass. Aroma is of ripe apples, pears, spices, cereal malt sweetness, and alcohol. Taste is lightly sweet with notes of fruit and cereal, balanced by a little grassy hop bitterness and spicy/peppery bite. Light bodied, creamy, champagne-like carbonation and drying finish.

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Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,725 ratings.